Category: Coal

Press release: Oregon agency denies crucial Port of Morrow coal permit – Aug. 18, 2014

August 18, 2014
Significant blow to coal export proposals By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. — Oregon’s Department of State Lands today denied a crucial removal-fill permit for a proposed coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in Oregon. The state agency posted the denial in a fact sheet posted online. The denial is a devastating blow to the facility, which, if permitted, would export 8.8 million tons of coal per year from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and...
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Press release: Citizen groups sue for public participation and reclamation review of coal mine expansion – Aug. 14, 2014

August 14, 2014
Department of Interior’s approval of mine expansion for Spring Creek Mine challenged COMPLAINT:  By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. – Two Billings-based citizen groups today filed a lawsuit to require a hard look at reclamation before any expansion of the Spring Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana. Northern Plains Resource Council, a Montana conservation and family agriculture organization, along with the Western Organization of Resource Councils, filed an appeal in federal district court in Billings to overturn the...
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Guest opinion: Rail traffic has solution but lacks political will – Billings Gazette, Aug. 14, 2014

August 14, 2014
By Larry Bean Traffic congestion due to trains is already a problem for Billings. Increasing coal exports and oil-by-rail will only exacerbate the congestion creating serious safety and transportation infrastructure problems. The South Side would be cut off from public services, and Billings would risk losing the downtown economic revitalization achieved through decades of effort and investment. The City of Billings and Yellowstone County recently completed their Long Range Transportation Plan to examine the transportation needs of Billings...
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Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows – L.A. Times, Aug. 14, 2014

August 14, 2014
By Neela Banerjee Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of water-supply contamination, their work is certain to roil the public health debate over the risks of the controversial oil and gas production process....
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New study shows elk avoid areas of energy development – Casper Star-Tribune, July 26, 2014

August 8, 2014
By Trevor Gaff Energy companies often work in Wyoming’s most remote areas. These places are also home to the state’s mule deer, pronghorn and elk, among other big game animals, which can present a sometimes tricky challenge of balancing conservation with economic development. But the coexistence of big game and Wyoming’s growing energy industry is a juggling act becoming more familiar with every newly developed well pad, tank battery or mine site. Studies suggest big game can coexist...
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Sixth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival features locally produced work

August 8, 2014
Wild & Scenic Film Festival 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 Babcock Theatre Downtown Billings $10 at door ($8 advance) BILLINGS, Mont. -- A video about oil and gas development in Montana and produced by Billings videographer Eric Warren has caught the attention of Josh Fox (Gasland and Gasland II) and the organizers of a national film festival. Mixing Oil and Water will be featured at Northern Plains Resource Council’s sixth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 12,...
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Trains boot Washington fruit crops to carry more coal, oil – Sightline, Aug. 8, 2014

August 8, 2014
A major shipper of state crops gives up on its service to Midwest, East Coast, blaming delays caused by oil and coal trains. By Floyd McKay One of the major shippers for Washington fruits and field crops has given up on express shipments to the Midwest and East Coast, blaming delays on the BNSF Railways’ increased shipment of coal and oil. Growers of Washington apples and other major crops have already been turning to long-haul trucking, as BNSF...
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Cloud Peak Energy posts $2.1 million loss – Associated Press, July 31, 2014

August 4, 2014
GILLETTE, Wyo.  — Cloud Peak Energy, which operates only in the Powder River Basin, has posted a $2.1 million loss in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a $4.1 million gain for the same period last year. Cloud Peak, like other mining operations in the basin, has been affected by rail service disruptions. That's what Cloud Peak president and CEO Colin Marshall said during an earnings conference call this week. He said that some 20.6 million tons of...
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Press release: Poll finds majority of Montanans oppose mining coal for export, July 31, 2014

July 31, 2014
ATTACHMENTS: The FM3 poll report at  The referenced Sightline report can be found at www.sightline.org/research/unfair-market-value/ By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont.  – A new poll finds a wide majority of Montanans oppose mining more Montana coal for export to Asia. Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) recently completed a survey of Montana voters and found that 56% of Montana voters oppose mining more Montana coal for export. Voters were asked the question: “Coal companies are interested in mining coal...
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